Those looking to find teaching jobs in California will enjoy some of the highest average salaries in the United States. The 2005 survey by the American Federation of Teachers put California as 2nd, preceded only by Connecticut. Teachers should be aware, however, that high teacher salaries in California are due largely in part to the high cost of living, and once this is figured in, salaries in other states may go further for everyday purchases. One thing to consider, however, is the additional benefits that may come along with being a teacher in a California school district. Many schools have programs that make it easy for teachers to get additional training and certification and the state holds teacher quality as a big factor in the overall effectiveness of their educational system. Like most states, the number of years of experience and the level of education will have a big impact on the salary that can be expected.

Average Teacher Salaries in California

Salaries are from the 2006-2007 Los Angeles Unified School District and reflect entry level salaries.

  • Average Teacher Salary (Bachelor’s Degree): $43,054
  • Average Teacher Salary (Master’s Degree): $44,166
  • Average Teacher Salary (PhD): $46,951

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